Witt-Birn volleyball squad trying to repeat as conference champs

Chargers will need to blend experienced core with some newcomers
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

Despite losing some big-time players from last year’s conference championship team, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School volleyball squad remains confident that it can compete for another title this fall.

The Chargers will be down four all-conference athletes from last year, but coach Becky Rew will still have plenty of experience and talent on the roster.

Senior Abi Fraaza made the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division first team unanimously last year, and will be the team’s go-to hitter this fall. Reese Rogowski is the other all-conference player back after making the honorable mention list as a hitter in her freshman season.

Seniors Emma Herb and McKenna Foster also return with starting experience for the Chargers. Foster is a defensive specialist, while Herb is another hitter.

“To win conference, we need to learn how to play together fast and push each other hard in practice to get better everyday,” said Fraaza.

“We need to also learn how to play to each other’s strengths and put together full games to succeed,” she added.

Senior Amara Schoepke (defensive specialist), junior Jadalynn Davids (right side) and sophomore Lilly Betry (setter) have varsity experience and will try and fill some of the voids on the floor. Sophomore Payton Foster (setter) and freshman London Metropulos (middle) are other options.

Without having the benefit of some of its typical nonconference tournaments and matches, Rew knows she has to change her approach as a coach if the team hopes to post another undefeated mark in the CWC-East.

“My job is to make sure the girls are ready to compete for conference at our first dual,” said Rew.

After winning over 20 regular-season games and claiming its conference title last fall, Witt-Birn was awarded a No. 5 seed for the postseason. The Chargers swept 12th-seeded Coleman before falling to fourth-seeded St. Mary Catholic.